“THE WELL-REALIZED BOOK”
CHRISTIAN PATTERSON: “THE WELL-REALIZED BOOK”
AUGUST 8-11, 2023, BOWEN ISLAND, BC
This longer-form workshop program includes a 4-day in-person gathering on Bowen Island, as well as online meetings to provide feedback as projects are finalized. Christian’s workshop is best suited to photographers with a complete or nearly complete body of work that they hope to publish. To that effect, participants will work closely with Christian toward preparing and bringing their work into a physical book form, as either dummies, or more fully-realized maquettes.
The four-day retreat on Bowen Island will include artist talks and presentations, group discussions and critiques, as well as book case studies and sequencing exercises, plus much hands-on work editing, sequencing and establishing the visual structure of their layout book projects, along with elements of design. Finally, participants will also work with Christian to develop detailed plans for dummies or maquettes to be produced over the course of the workshop.
The online component of the workshop includes one-on-one consultations with Christian in September and a group meeting in October to recap the workshop, discuss project progress and present dummies or maquettes. Advice and specific recommendations will also be provided to participants as they take next steps towards self-publishing or working with publishers.
Schedule: Meets in-person on Bowen Island on Tuesday August 8, Wednesday August 9, Thursday August 10 + Friday August 11 from 9am to 5pm and online over 2 follow-up sessions: 1:1 individual meeting (30 minutes per participant) in September + 4-hour group session in October.
This program is limited to 12 participants.
Cover Image © Christian Patterson, Redheaded Peckerwood, (MACK, 2011)
ABOUT CHRISTIAN PATTERSON
Christian was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and lives in New York City. His conceptually grounded, narratively driven, visually layered work has been described as novelistic, subjective documentary of the historical past, and often deals with themes of the archive, authorship, memory, place and time. Photography is consistently the heart of Patterson’s work, which also includes drawings, paintings, objects, video and sound. He is the author of three books, including the critically-acclaimed, award-winning Redheaded Peckerwood (2011, Recontres d’Arles Author Book Award) and Bottom of the Lake (2015). He is currently completing his largest project to date, Gong Co. Patterson is a Guggenheim Fellow (2013) and winner of the Grand Prix Images Vevey (2015). His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and J. Paul Getty Museum among others. He has lectured, mentored and taught widely. He is represented by Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, USA and Robert Morat Galerie, Berlin, Germany.